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Air Force official to discuss community’s water pollution

April 23, 2019 GMT

OSCODA, Mich. (AP) — A Pentagon official is scheduled to visit a northern Michigan community where toxic chemicals from a former U.S. Air Force base are polluting drinking water.

Air Force Assistant Secretary John Henderson will hold a public forum Wednesday at 4 p.m. in Oscoda.

Sen. Gary Peters of Michigan says the program will provide updated information about efforts to clean up contamination of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, known collectively as PFAS.

The toxins are used in a wide variety of stain- and stick-resistant household products. They’re also a component of firefighting foam used at the former Wurtsmith Air Force Base in Oscoda and many other military installations.

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The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality is pushing the Air Force to step up treatment of polluted groundwater in the area.